Carol Banawa

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Carol Banawa
Birth name Carol Claire Aguilar Banawa
Born (1981-03-04) March 4, 1981 (age 34)
Origin Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1994-present[1][2][3]
Labels Star Music (1994–2003, 2006, 2010)
Star Magic (1994–2003, 2006, 2010)

Carol Claire Aguilar Banawa (born March 4, 1981),[4] better known in the Philippines as Carol Banawa, is a US-based Filipina singer and actress. She is a Star Magic Batch 4 alumni.[5]

Early life and career[edit]

Banawa was born in Pasay City to parents Albino and Cirila Banawa. Raised in Batangas, she has two siblings, Alexander and Cherry. Banawa started singing when she was a little girl when her family lived in Saudi Arabia. Her family then moved back to the Philippines. There, she was invited to join the new roster of ABS-CBN stars through the children oriented show Ang TV.[6]

She has performed at the Madison Square Garden in New York at the 2003 New York Music Festival. She is currently signed to Star Music.[7]

In 2010, she made her comeback in the music industry,[8][9] and starred in the hit Philippine TV series, Mara Clara, where she sang the opening song of the said TV series.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Record Label Certifications
1997 Carol Star Music Gold
2000 Carol: Repackaged Star Music 3x Platinum
2001 Transition Star Music Platinum
2003 Follow Your Heart Star Music Platinum
2010 My Music, My Life[10] Star Music/Black Bird Music

Compilations and collaborations[edit]

"Awit Kay Inay"[edit]

Soundtrack in the movie Anak (2000) starring Vilma Santos and Claudine Barretto.

"Iingatan Ka"[edit]

Featured in the Tanging Yaman - Inspirational Album and in the re-packaged version of Carol. (Star Records, 2000)

"We Are One"[edit]

Featured in the album Only Selfless Love. (Star Records, 2002)

"Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosaryo"[edit]

Featured in the Mysteria Lucis (Mysteries of Light) album (Star Records, 2003).

"Nakaraang Pasko"[edit]

Featured in the album The Brightest Stars of Christmas (Star Records, 2003). It was originally performed by Kuh Ledesma and composed by Tats Faustino.



Year Title Role Studio
1996 Ang TV The Movie: The Adarna Adventure King's niece Star Cinema
1997 Calvento Files: The Movie Cindy Star Cinema
1998 Nagbibinata Cindy Star Cinema
1998 Hiling Rowena Star Cinema
2000 Tanging Yaman Chona Star Cinema


Year Title Station Role
1997–2007 ASAP ABS-CBN Herself, Performer, Co-host
1997 Keybol: Ang Bagong TV ABS-CBN Herself
1994 Ang TV ABS-CBN Herself
2000 Tabing Ilog ABS-CBN Andoy
2001 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan ABS-CBN Minerva
2002 Bituin ABS-CBN Melody Sandoval
2005 American Idol Fox (USA) Herself, auditioned for the 5th season
2006 Wowowee ABS-CBN Herself, Guest
2006 Little Big Star ABS-CBN Herself, Guest
2010 Music Uplate Live ABS-CBN Herself, Performer, Guest

Theater performances[edit]

Year Title Production Role
2000 The Little Mermaid Trumpets Jewel (Lead Role)

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. Nominated in 3rd Star Awards For Music for "Female Pop Artist Of The Year"[11]
  2. Winner in ASAP Pop Viewers Choice 2011 for "Pop Movie Themesong"[12][13][14][15]


  1. Follow Your Heart album received platinum record award
  2. Awit Awards Nomination for "Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosaryo"


  1. "Special Award" New York Music Festival
  2. Follow Your Heart album received gold record certification after three weeks from its release date
  3. Transition album garnered platinum record award
  4. Awit Awards 2003 - nominated Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for "Stay"
  5. MTV Pilipinas Awards 2003 - nominated for Favorite Female Artist


  1. Transition album garnered gold record award
  2. Repackaged self-titled album, Carol garnered multi-platinum status


  1. Awit Awards' record of the year - "Iingatan Ka" from the Tanging Yaman - Inspirational Album
  2. Self-titled album, Carol garnered platinum award
  3. Special citation for her participation in the 1999 Asian Songfest in which she represented the Philippines
  4. People's Choice Awards 2001 - Most Promising Host Entertainer Awardee


  1. Silver winner for Asia New Singer Competition at the Shanghai Song Festival
  2. Gold record for self-titled album, Carol
  3. Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in the 5th Katha Music Awards


  • 3rd prize winner in the Metropop Song Festival


  1. Champion for the Tanghalan ng Kampeon[16][17]
  2. Finalist for Munting Mutya[18]


Banawa took a break from the Philippine music scene in August 2003 to attend to the treatment of her father who was exposed to lethal levels of carbon monoxide. She is now married to a military man, Ryan Crisostomo, and has a daughter, Chelsea Crisostomo. Banawa is currently studying on her nursing degree.

In 2004, Pinoyvision Records released her Platinum Hits Collection album, a compilation of her songs. The album also comes with a VCD of Banawa's hit music videos such as "Stay", "Ocean Deep" and "Noon at Ngayon".[19]


  1. ^ "Carol Banawa makes a comeback on the local music scene". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Carol Banawa is back in the music scene". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Carol Banawa is back, to record a new album". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  4. ^ "The Story of Carol Banawa". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  5. ^ "Star Magic About Us". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived October 21, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Carol Banawa". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  8. ^ "MyChos Exclusive: Carol Banawa is back!". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  9. ^ "Carol Banawa is Back". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  10. ^ "Star Music, Inc. (Official Fan Page) | Facebook". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  11. ^ "3rd Star Awards for Music ??? 2011 Nominees Revealed September 12, 2011 by cd". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  12. ^ "asap-pop-viewers-choice-awards-2011-nominations-winners-results". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  13. ^ "ASAP Pop Viewers’ Choice Awards 2011 Winners And Nominees! Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson and Sarah Geronimo Lead Number of Awards Received". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  14. ^ "ASAP Pop Viewers’ Choice Awards 2011 Winners". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  15. ^ "Complete list of Winners of 2011ASAP POP Viewers Choice Awards 2011". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  16. ^ "National Carol Banawa". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  17. ^ "Carol Banawa's Return: Welcome News To Her Fans". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  18. ^ "Carol Banawa Woman Today". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  19. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 

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